Things to Do in Las Vegas: Saturday, July 26, to Friday, August 1
On this week’s agenda: neo-soul and R & B from singers Dwele and Bilal, First Friday Art celebrations, open-mic night, a little doo-wop for the family, and selfies with parrots and flamingos. Have fun, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Las Vegas.
The Strip | Saturday, July 26, 7 p.m.
Singer, songwriter, and producer Dwele stops at the legendary House of Blues for a night of R & B and soul along with special guest star Bilal. Come early for dinner before the show at Crossroads at House of Blues, which features a menu of contemporary soul food from celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez. (3950 Las Vegas Blvd S; $49+; buy tickets here)
University | Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Right across from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus, The Freakin’ Frog hosts WordUp!, an ongoing, weekly open-mic for poetry and music. Known for its craft beers and whiskey selections, the bar has hundreds of options for liquid courage before taking a turn at the mic. (4700 S. Maryland Pkwy.; free)
Downtown | Friday, August 1, 5 p.m.–11 p.m.
At the Arts District’s monthly arts fest, local artisans get a platform to share and sell their work while networking with peers and community members. Each event features live music, visual and performing arts, food from local vendors, and a themed KidZone. This month’s festival pays homage to the work of Lewis Carroll with a Wonderland-themed art walk. (107 E. Charleston Blvd.; free)
The Strip | Daily, 8 a.m. to dusk
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat makes for an idyllic escape off the busy Strip. Along with a huge flock of Chilean flamingos, the habitat is home to koi, swans, pelicans, parrots, and other exotic fauna. Snap a selfie with a parrot or photobomb a live pelican feeding (twice daily!). (Flamingo, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S; free)
The Strip | Through December
Through an eight-person ensemble of lead singers, Forever Doo Wop leads audiences through the history and genres of doo-wop music through a series of vignettes and mini concerts. The family-friendly show kicked off at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on July 23 and runs through December. (2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South; $39+; buy tickets here)
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